Vital Football

Latest York City News

Rankine roars back for Minstermen

Rankine roars back for Minstermen

<div style='background-color: #CC0033;'><a href='http://www.rsspump.com/?web_widget/rss_ticker/news_widget' title='News Widget'>News Widget</a></div>

York City manager Gary Mills praised the new boys after watching his reshaped side battling to a well-deserved point against high-flying Gillingham for the second time this season.

"He was in a hotel in Morecambe last night to play for Aldershot but we made a cheeky phone call and picked him up" - Gary Mills
The Minstermen handed immediate debuts to returning loan signing Michael Rankine and fellow newcomer John McGrath, while Ashley Chambers and Jon Challinor were both recalled. They replaced injured skipper Chris Smith, midfielders Michael Potts and Patrick McLaughlin, and top scorer Jason Walker from the side humbled by Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend.

"Michael was immense. It was a big shift from him," Mills told The Press. "His performance was outstanding and possibly what we've been missing a bit. He was in a hotel in Morecambe last night to play for Aldershot but we made a cheeky phone call and kit man Rob Batty drove over and picked him up.

"John was excellent. He reads the game and knows when to go into places and when to give the ball," he continued. "It was a great, great performance from him, considering he has not played many games for a while. The two newcomers really gave us something."

However, the performance also included outstanding displays at the back from Daniel Parslow and on loan teenager Jack O'Connell, while goalkeeper Michael Ingham recorded his 100th clean-sheet for the club.

The only downside to the evening was the loss of full-back Jon Challinor to a fractured fibula - an injury set to sideline him for around six weeks.

* YORK CITY FC * PLAY-OFF WINNERS 2012 * FA TROPHY WINNERS 2012 * YORK CITY FC * PLAY-OFF WINNERS 2012 * FA TROPHY WINNERS 2012 * YORK CITY FC * PLAY-OFF WINNERS 2012 * FA TROPHY WINNERS 2012 * YORK CITY FC * PLAY-OFF WINNERS 2012 * FA TROPHY WINNERS 2012 *

Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Vital York
Date:Wednesday February 13 2013
Time: 2:08PM

Login to post a comment

Recent York City Articles

Gray upbeat despite Trophy exit

Manager Martin Gray was surprisingly upbeat despite York City relinquishing their hold on the FA Trophy in very disappointing fashion at Kidderminster Harriers.

Kidderminster Harriers 2 York City 1

York City's hold on the FA Trophy ended in tame fashion with a 2-1 defeat to Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough Stadium.

Both home goals arrived in the opening half with James Pearson and Emmanuel Sonupe each finding the net during a disastrous sixty seconds of action.

Substitute Amari Morgan-Smith's excellent finish at least offered the visitors some hope with fourteen minutes remaining, but their long overdue late surge failed to discover an equaliser despite hitting the woodwo

Stats: Kidderminster Harriers v York City

All the stats from Kidderminster Harriers (2) vs (1) York City, Aggborough Stadium, Sat 16th Dec 3.00pm Att: 1,138

Result: Kidderminster Harriers 2 York City 1

Result from Kidderminster Harriers v York City in the FA Trophy first round at Aggborough Stadium (kick-off 3.00pm).

York City Archived Articles

Vital York articles from

Site Journalists

Winehouse
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Are York City now worse under Martin Gray?
Suggested By: Vital York City
Yes79%
No7%
No change7%
Too early to judge7%
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent York City Results (view all)

York City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.VitalYorkCity1
The Vital Football Members League